Lent is about Christ – Not Just Spiritual Practices

Face of Christ“If your fasting causes you to focus on yourself, eat in abundance.  If your prayer life is merely about what you want and a way to show the world your piety, stop doing it.  If your almsgiving is a way to feed your ego and show others how generous you are, stop giving your money away.  The root of all lenten practices is Christ.  Your fasting should fill you with Christ.  Your prayer life keeps Christ before you and your almsgiving keeps you from being too attached to worldly things; the idols in your life replacing Christ.  Christ is the heart of Lent and the effects of his resurrection its end purpose.  Your lenten walk isn’t about ashes on your forehead, food you eat or abstain from, or the number of church services you participate in through the week.  It’s always about Christ.  How appropriate during this holy season St. Patrick’s feast is celebrated in March.  It was Patrick who wrote these words:

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me, Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.” – Lorica of St. Patrick

 
Lent is a deepening experience of Christ here and now.  It causes us to set aside the distractions creating idols in our lives and make room for the triune God.  It’s a time of revival, igniting our hearts for Christ, renewal in which the Holy Spirit empowers us, and restoration, a healing experience where Christ becomes all in us and around us.  Do not make an idol of lent, let it be a time where Christ is first in your life and carry that new found love for him through the rest of the year.” – Dominick D. Hankle – http://www.dominickhankle.com

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